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Pope Francis to Honor Junípero Serra at U.S. Seminary in Rome (1294)

The Holy Father will be the guest of honor at a May 2 day of prayer and reflection on the life of the Spanish missionary at the Pontifical North American College.

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Statue of Blessed Junípero Serra at the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, San Diego

– Wikipedia/Bernard Gagnon

VATICAN CITY — Since Pope Francis won’t make it to California for the canonization of its great evangelizer, he will join a celebration at Rome’s American seminary to honor the soon-to-be saint and encourage devotion to him.

The Holy Father will be the guest of honor at a May 2 day of prayer and reflection on the life of Blessed Junípero Serra, set to be held at the Pontifical North American College, according to the program sent out with invitations to the event.

Francis will be joined by seminarians attending the college, as well as the American cardinals currently residing in Rome.

Among them are Cardinals Raymond Burke, James Harvey, J. Francis Stafford and Edwin O'Brien.

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Ad Criticizing Archbishop Cordileone Misrepresents Catholicism, Archdiocese Says (3765)

'It’s truly astonishing that a group of self-proclaimed ‘prominent Catholics’ has become so self-absorbed that they believe they can demand that the Holy Father remove an archbishop because he refuses to sacrifice teaching Catholic values to children in our Catholic schools,' said local Catholic Eva Muntean.

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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

– 2012 CNA/Michelle Bauman

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Catholics promoting a full-page advertisement asking Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone don’t represent San Francisco Catholics and misrepresent the facts, the archdiocese has said.

“The advertisement is a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the (archdiocese’s) teacher contract and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the archbishop,” the San Francisco Archdiocese said April 15.

“The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the signers presume to speak for ‘the Catholic community of San Francisco.’ They do not.”

The ad also drew criticism from Eva Muntean, a local Catholic who is an organizer of the...READ MORE

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On 88th Birthday, Benedict XVI Lauded for Emphasis on Mercy (1462)

‘The heart of his pontificate was put in the light of love,’ said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, who is responsible for organizing the upcoming extraordinary Jubilee for Mercy.

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrates his 88th birthday with a party April 16 at his old summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.

– L'Osservatore Romano/CNA

ROME — The Vatican official charged with organizing the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy says the topic was the “heart” of Benedict XVI’s pontificate, due to the emphasis he placed on love, which is lived out in mercy.

“We cannot forget that Pope Benedict’s first encyclical was Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love). That means the center, the heart of his pontificate was put in the light of love, and love and mercy are essential for the Church,” Archbishop Rino Fisichella told CNA April 13.

Love, he said, “is mercy, (and) mercy is love reaching pardon. We cannot forget the beginning of the encyclical Deus Caritas Est: Love is not an idea; love is a Person, and it means also to meet, to encounter a...READ MORE

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LCWR Agrees to Abide by Vatican’s Corrections (9877)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Six years after the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith initiated a doctrinal assessment, the organization of U.S. religious sisters has committed to institute reforms.

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Pope Francis talks with a delegation of The Leadership Conference of Women Religious during an audience at the Vatican on April 16.

– L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP

VATICAN CITY — The reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) mandated three years ago by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has been concluded, according to an April 16 bulletin from the Holy See Press Office.

The organization of U.S. religious sisters has agreed to make corrections cited by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

According to a Holy See press release, LCWR’s president, Sister Sharon Holland, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, said, “We are pleased at the completion of the mandate, which involved long and challenging exchanges of our understandings of and perspectives on critical matters of religious...READ MORE

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LCWR Accepts Vatican’s Reforms on Doctrine and Theology (2214)

This vision, Cardinal Gerhard Muller said, 'makes religious women and men radical witnesses to the Gospel and, therefore, is essential for the flourishing of religious life in the Church.'

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Religious sisters attend the enthronement of Our Lady of Charity in the Vatican Gardens.

– 2014 CNA/Lauren Cater

VATICAN CITY — In a joint report marking the conclusion of a multiyear mandate for reform, members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) have agreed to corrections called for by the Vatican and said they will continue on the path of dialogue.

“We are pleased at the completion of the mandate, which involved long and challenging exchanges of our understandings of and perspectives on critical matters of religious life and its practice,” Sister Sharon Holland, of the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, president of LCWR, said in an April 16 press release.

Officials of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle and...READ MORE

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Marriage Advocates Warn High Court: Children Will Suffer Most From Marriage Redefinition (4239)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Churches, scholars and activists weigh in with amicus briefs as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in four key cases.

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WASHINGTON — “Given both the unique capacity for reproduction and the unique value of homes with a mother and father, it is reasonable and just for a state to treat the union of one man and one woman as having a public value that is absent from other intimate, interpersonal relationships,” read the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court ahead of related oral arguments.

“No other institution joins together persons with the natural ability to have children, to assure that any such children are properly cared for by their own parents.”

On April 28, the justices will hear oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, along with three other cases that...READ MORE

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Early Christian Controversies Protestants Can't Explain, Endometriosis and Much More! (3290)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Endometriosis: It’s Not in Your Head – Jessica Claire, Restless Press

Happiness: A Capital Asset? – Dawn Carpenter, Catholic Stand

The PR Guru Who Wants to Take Down San Francisco’s Archbishop Cordileone – Mark Stricherz, Aleteia∝

What My Confessor Taught Me about Parenting My 'Bad Sleeper' – Michele Chronister, Ignitum Today

Collaboration with Secularists Undermines Catholic Social Goals – James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

On the Eternity of Hell – Daniel Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Challenging Children to Chastity – Judie Brown, Catholic Lane

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Papal Blessings for Asia Bibi’s Family, as Death Sentence Still Looms (1155)

On Oct. 16, 2014, the Lahore High Court rejected Bibi’s last appeal seeking to overturn the death sentence.

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Pope Francis greets Ashiq Mesih, the husband of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani woman sentenced to death by a sharia court for blasphemy, in St. Peter’s Square during the Wednesday general audience on April 15.

– CNA/Service Photo Vatican SFV

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has blessed the family of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, as they continue to work for her release.

Bibi’s husband, Ashiq Masih, said “the Holy Father blessed and encouraged us.”

Masih and the couple’s youngest daughter, 14-year-old Isham, briefly met with Pope Francis after his Wednesday general audience.

“We are here in Italy to make sure we can be the voice of an innocent woman who has been suffering in jail for six years,” Masih told CNA April 15.

Bibi was convicted of violating Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws in 2010, an allegation she denies. She was accused of making derogatory comments against Islam’s Prophet Muhammad...READ MORE

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